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  1. Two glaze fires going today-1st day of a rainy period starting now

    1. Min

      Min

      We have been getting soaked up here. Had over a foot of rain past couple days. You are more than welcome to it! Time to break out the gum boots, or start a new fashion trend and wear your wetsuit while firing the kilns. :D 

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      Our well needs it as does our water storage tanks(6,100 gallons) for summer garden

      Not yet tired of rain but I get it.

  2. Firing two glaze fires again to day just like last week.I had a run with pitting so I slowed down the fires and it went away.

  3. check your personal messages for my reply

  4. I had all three kilns going today-two cone 10 gas glaze fires and a electric bisque-solar system near maxed out running the 48 amp constant load-solar offset 37kw on that fire today. still needed some grid power to get it done in 8 hours.

    1. oldlady

      oldlady

      bet the local fire dept. knows your location so they can ignore lots of reports of FIRE!

    2. Denice

      Denice

      The college and art school I attended would have the fire department called on them constantly.   They both started firing at night.   I had a neighbor call on me when I was smoking some pots in a big barrel.  Didn't get a ticket,    I had all of the safety procedures taken care of,  they just asked me to call before I smoked pots again.  Denice

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I'm rural and nobody calls-after 48 years firing here wax smoke  and heat is no big deal. The fire dept is in a small town a mile away.New cheif who does not yet know me.

  5. Call laguna and talk to a technician  on adjustment

  6. Glaze day again-two kiln loads to glaze and load today-spring is here as well

    1. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Good to see you're keeping busy. How is the hand rehab going?

    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I start pinching this week-no restrictions on the lifting with other fingers. wrist is now getting strong again. I'l doing wrist curls with weights. I cannot center much clay into upper palm yet for months so have learned to center using other hand parts and areas. Will throw some 2# pots today-still using hot wax and ice. only a week or two left with rehab.I'm almost out of greenware to its throwing time again

    3. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      Good to hear...hang in there and before you know it, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

  7. This production before surgery is kicking my butt-unloaded two galze fires today-reloaded the big kiln and got it going for 3rd glaze fire.I'm starting to feel tired.

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    2. rox54

      rox54

      Thank you for the reply as I have concern for noticeable arthritis in my hands. I've only been a part-time potter for 8 years, but also a hairstylist and have a family history of arthritis. Both of my thumb joints ache as well as my wrist; fortunately not all at the same time! I don't feel I'm at the point for surgery but it's good to know you'll be able to find relief. I've had carpal tunnel and trigger finger surgery and those were a walk in the park as far as rehab. My other surgeries were longer recoveries and self-induced; a titanium plate and pins from playing roller derby and knee surgery from Ultimate Frisbee. I was back to work in 3 months and on the frisbee field in 5. I live in PA and found a good hand surgeon at Hershey Medical Center, tho I'd travel further for someone like your doctor. You seem like a committed potter, so how do you  plan to spend your rehab, for the sake of sanity?!

    3. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I spend every day rehabbing as I cannot make pots or go diving or fishing so its all in on rehab. I did done mention my arthritis as at my age and potting we all have it. E=when They cut you open they scrap it out and its gone for some years in that area. same will be true this time. Carpel tunnel and trigger finger are very fast recovery surgeries. The woman at Yale to see if you think you need hand work is Lisa Lattanza-head of hand surgery dept. I would see her as she is close to you-See will elevauate and only do surgery if you need it .She will not do it if unnecessary-she is commited to finding the issue and getting to whats needed and whats not. Do not expect bedside manner talk just the real deal with your issue. 8 years of pottery should not be to much the holding scissors up can do things.

    4. rox54

      rox54

      My hand doc didnt have bedside manner either but that doesn't concern me. Best wishes to you!

  8. Bisquing all kilns now.One 10cubic electric is cooling and the 25 cubic car kiln is going -will fill electric again today and fire another bisque.Crunch time

  9. 9,600 watt solar system is up and running after 5 months of on and off agin work on it.If the suns out we are gettting prepaid power.24 400 watt panels

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    2. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      They have much tougher panels now and the cost is is very low for a panel-I paid $195 for each 400 watt panel.

    3. Denice

      Denice

      That is a  good price,  I think the small replacement blocks were a couple hundred apiece twelve years ago.  It would be nice to do something with all of the sun we get in Kansas.    Denice

    4. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Exciting stuff here.  What brand solar panels do you have?   I've been looking at Renogy.     If you don't mind, share more specifics?  The big ground array 40x13 ... is that a shed?   What controller you use?  Where you house the batteries and controller?   AGM batteries?   Thanks.

      Looking at 4800 watts for $6500 system ... just looking ... no decision yet.  The 9600 sounds more useful.

      Waiting for the governor's office to get me this small grant.   They said after Christmas because I need time to put specifics in my proposal.  Also, the power company said they would send someone out ... in case I wanted to recycle excess power (like you doubt I would have any). Or just to advise, they have someone that has the experience, once I have an outline of exactly what I will buy.

       

  10. Frosty mornings here now(32)but daytime temps in the 70s-its yet to start raining.

  11. Firing day two glaze fires -big order to get done

  12. firing two glaze fires-this summer has seen a huge uptick in sales at all outlets.

  13. Juiced up 52 gallons of apple juice yesterday -gave way 46 gallons-We down sized out usuall event from 25  of all ages to 5 of us witholder folks with masks on and 6 feet or more apart

    Crew member picked up 36 cases of Tuna in cans from cannery on Oregon as well-12 cases for myself and crew .Fall is busy time-out of mugs and am glazing in am-lots of mugs

  14. Been really heavy smoke in our area-but the tuna fishing offshore has been excellent

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    2. JohnnyK

      JohnnyK

      So it is easier to "smoke" your salmon?:D

    3. Min

      Min

      "Bad for mental health not to get a yearly reboot." Very true! Does the same thing for me getting away from everything.

      We only got in about 1/4 the camping this summer that we usually do, mostly because it was next to impossible finding spots, partly because of the Canada/US border being closed to non-essential travel. 

    4. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      No camping or traveling at all for us -we are taking this very seriously until its lesser . My offshore tuna trips-usually 150 miles  per trip-I invited two same age crew members-we wear masks all day except to eat and avoid one another as best we can.We all are staying home as much as we can.Done boat fishing now-3 tuna trips 49 tuna.Back toi other projects including making pots

  15. site seems to have a weird issue going on

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    2. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      You mean these polka dots in odd places?

    3. Min

      Min

      @Rae Reich, there was an upgrade going on but all is good now.

    4. Rae Reich

      Rae Reich

      Still big dots on my screen and interference with thumbs-ups

  16. Sold one of my older electrics today-gave her the whole  deal-tons of extras -10, 1/2 shelves 2 fulls

    older working skutt 218 ,3 section

    all manual /no timer, extra new lid and extra new sitter along with spare parts  ,PLUGS etc ,as I do not use the 2.5 inch smaller size kilns any more(been stored for 30 years. Very fair price WAY under $300

    she needed a bisque kiln -perfect use for this older model

    1. Min

      Min

      It's nice when something is going unused and it gets a new life isn't it? Sounds like you gave her a sweet deal.

  17. Glaze days Monday -tuesday-large wholesale order locally at a Restaurant/gift shop I have been in since 1973. Will be firing a car kiln and the small  12  cubic footer in a few days-unload next Monday 

  18. Our favorite Thrift shop is Islands thrift in Oak Harbor on Widby Island if you get up that way. Its more visted these days but still a great spot. It works so well as the airbase is nearby and has a constant turnover of folks who dump most of thier stuff moving to another base.

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    2. liambesaw

      liambesaw

      We usually hit about 6 of them on a Saturday or Sunday, we have a few in the neighborhood and then some church based ones that always have awesome weird old stuff that old ladies leave to the church in their will.

      This coronavirus thing has us jonesing for a thrift store fix, none of them are open

       

    3. Denice

      Denice

      I know what you mean,   we drove by a estate sale Friday in our favorite historic neighborhood.   We thought if there wasn't very many cars out front we might take a look.   There must have been fifty cars parked up and down the street so we drove on by.  It is really the houses we want to see and this one was a plain old farmhouse not a grand old mansion.    Going shopping at Trader Joe's tomorrow,  plan to get there for senior shopping hour,  we went a few weeks ago and  running late.   We were over run by young people not wearing any masks  or distancing.   You would hardly know that there was a pandemic  here,  the only people wearing masks  are elderly,  clerks and some waitresses,  I am expecting another spike.     Denice

    4. Pres

      Pres

      Here in Central PA, hardly anyone under the age of 60 is wearing a mask, numbers are rising all over the state, and the number of cars going through the area from other places is really up. I often see plates from Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, and others. Never noticed so many before.

       

      best,

      Pres

  19. There is a randal wheel for sale  NOW on potters attic or the Ceramists attic both are facebook for pottery sales sites

    1. Mark C.

      Mark C.

      I meant this as a PM. -sorry 

  20.  Glaze days start tomorrow-two of them-last pots for large wholesale order next week dropped to just North of SF

     

  21. Glaze day-or should I say one of two glaze days-the beat goes on.

  22. Packed for Big show-van weighs over 11K now with pots and tanks and lead weight belts and  underwater cameras-its a slow drive north in am.

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    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Have fun!  (I used to teach scuba diving ... if you can believe that ... lol another life time .... omg it took me 7 years to get thru undergraduate I did so much diving)

       

    3. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      and you will come back with a lot less so overload won't be a problem!

       

    4. liambesaw

      liambesaw

      His booth was poppin when we stopped by and it wasnt even 11 yet!  Nice meeting you mark and good luck with the rest of the weekend!

  23. Glaze day Monday-bisque is candling now-one burner

  24. Glaze day on Friday-two kilns to glaze and load .

  25. Annual clay order comes in next week. 33,000 #s total -my share is 25,000#s.I odered a ton of dry glaze in 50# bags my formula-lasts me 5 years-I mix another 14 glazes to go along with it.

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    2. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      R&L Trucking brings my clay.   All of their trucks have a lift gate.   I have a little landing pad and an asphalt drive to the front of my studio.   My part time worker brings them in ... about 15 steps to inside storage.    I am thinking about a little pole shed there to store.  Right now we bring inside.   Could you have yours dropped at the shed? And I get my shipment 2k pounds a month.   Is there an economic incentive to order more?   I couldn't load that clay.   We take it out in 25 pound bags.  And that is so nice of you to help that friend.   You mix her clay from dry clay?

       

    3. Benzine

      Benzine

      @DirtRoads the supplier I use charges less, the more you order.  So for a single box, it costs more, for that box, that it does, if I order ten of those same boxes.  I think once you get to the quarter ton mark, the rate is by 100 lbs.  A good deal, but it confuses me when I order, which is why I ended up with double, what I wanted, in my classroom this year...

    4. DirtRoads

      DirtRoads

      Hmmm have to check this out.   Thx.

       

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